The story behind an investigation to solve the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. is coming to a theater near you. New reports claim the Johnny Depp-starring film Labyrinth has found a production home.
According to reports, Open Road Films has picked up the previously pitched flick.
In an announcement Monday, Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg called the project “an edgy and timely investigative thriller.” Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and set to begin production in November, Labyrinth centers on Russell Poole (Depp), a disgraced LAPD detective who has been unable to solve the slayings of the rival hip-hop artists for two decades. (Entertainment Weekly)
Earlier this month, buzz developed about Johnny Depp landing a role in the upcoming film.
Labyrinth will see the Oscar-nominated star playing Russell Poole, an LAPD officer who spent months on the cases before pointing the finger of suspicion at officers from his own police department. His theory formed the basis for a five-year legal battle against the city of Los Angeles by Biggie’s mother, Violetta Wallace – which was eventually dismissed in 2010. (Metro)
A comedy series based on Notorious B.I.G.’s lyrics is reportedly in development.
TBS is developing a scripted comedy series loosely based on the life and lyrics of the legendary rapper. Currently titled “Think BIG,” the show will follow an inner-city teen trying to earn a living for his young daughter and son. No word yet on which lyrics specifically will serve as the basis for the series, but who wouldn’t love to watch a show based on “Big Poppa?” (The Wrap)
A few months ago, West Coast rapper Game co-signed the upcoming 2Pac biopic All Eyez On Me.
“Eh, I’m proud of the homie Benny Boom. I’m proud for Pac – I’m proud for being from the West Coast,” Game said. “That 2Pac movie is the real deal. Sh*t make that Biggie movie look like a cartoon. I don’t mean no [disrespect] but hey. That’s what it is, homie.”